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Information for Families and Visitors


Commencement is a ticketed event, and eligible seniors have received information about how they can claim up to 5 tickets. Any tickets remaining unclaimed will be distributed by lottery to those requesting more than 5 tickets. Students were notified of their lottery status on February 27, 2024.

Note: Any child under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may attend without a ticket and therefore not count towards a graduate’s guest ticket limit.

Live Stream

A link for the live stream of the May ceremony will be posted on our main Commencement webpage prior to the event. We will also post a link to the recording shortly after the ceremony.

Directions and Parking

Macalester College is located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. Use 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, Minnesota for GPS directions to available parking. There is no charge to park in Macalester’s lots or on the streets close to campus. View our Interactive Campus Map for details.

Schedule of Events

Our Schedule of Events can be found here. Please note that some events are for graduates only. More information about events specific to family and friends will be shared as Commencement weekend approaches.


If a member of your group is in need of accessible seating or other accessibility accommodations for Commencement, please fill out this form by April 26, 2024. Contact our Center for Disability Resources with any specific questions.

Accessible parking is available on campus. The College does not provide wheelchairs or walkers for guests.


Please see our list of hotels with courtesy blocks in place to reserve lodging. Our Admissions department also maintains a Places to Stay webpage which may have more options.